news, 'that he heard Mr. Mann was dead at Florence!' How kind ! To entertain one with the chit-chat of the town, a man comes and tells one that one's dearest friend is dead ! I am sure he would have lost his speech if he had had anything pleasurable to tell. If ever there is a metempsychosis, his soul will pass into a vulture and prey upon carcases after a battle, and then go and bode at the windows of their relations. But I will say no more of him: I punished him sufficiently, if sufficiently there be, by telling him you are perfectly well: you are, are you not ? Send me a certificate signed by Dr. Cocchi1, and I will choke him with it: another's health must be venomous to him.
Sir Francis Dashwood too—as you know all ill-natured people hear all ill news—told me he heard you was ill: I vowed you was grown as strong as the Farnese Hercules. Then he desires you will send him four of the Volterra urns, of the chimney-piece size; send them with any of my things: do, or he will think I neglected it because he is our enemy; and I would not be peevish, not to be like them. He is one of the most inveterate; they list under Sandys2, a parcel of them with no more brains than their general; but being malicious, they pass for ingenious, as in these countries fogs are reckoned warm weather. Did you ever hear what Earle3 said of Sandys ? 'that he never laughed but once, and that was when his best friend broke his thigh.'
Last Thursday I wrote you word of our losing the Chairman of the Committee. This winter is to be all ups and downs. The next day (Friday) we had a most complete victory. Mr. Pulteney moved for all papers and letters,
LITTER 58.—1 Antonio Cocchi, a degraded to a peer and Cofferer, and
learned physician and author of soon afterwards laid aside. Walpole.
Florence; a particular friend of Mr. —Or. (Dec. 10, 1748) Baron Sandys of
Mann. Walpole. Ombersley, Worcestershire; d. 1770.
2 Samuel Sandys, a republican, s Gyles Earle, a Lord of the
raised on the fall of Sir B. W. to be Treasury; a man of great humour.
Chancellor of the Exchequer, then Walpole,